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Head-on bus crash kills 29 in Nigeriaupdated: Fri Aug 31 2012 16:59:00

At least 29 people died in a head-on crash involving two buses Friday in northeastern Nigeria, national police said.

Review: 'Ambassador' a high-risk exposé of the blood diamond tradeupdated: Fri Aug 31 2012 12:52:00

The riskiest, trickiest, friskiest movie you can see right now happens to be a documentary. Don't let that put you off.

A nation's sex strike for democracyupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 07:46:00

In a time of global political combustion, with calls for democracy sparking mass demonstrations, self-immolations and civil wars, the women of the small African country of Togo might be the first to try to bring down a dictator by staging a sex strike.

Pirates hijack Greek-operated tanker off Togo coastupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 15:33:00

Pirates traded gunfire with Togo security forces early Tuesday from a hijacked oil tanker off the west coast of Africa, the International Maritime Bureau said.

Golfing in the 'People's Paradise'updated: Wed Aug 22 2012 05:44:00

A look into the development and investment of golf courses across Nigeria.

Growing golf in Nigeria's 'People's Paradise'updated: Wed Aug 22 2012 05:44:00

Nigeria is not renowned for its golfers, or its golf clubs.

Olympics: Why Africa fell by the waysideupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 05:44:00

Two weeks ago I visited the Africa Village at London's Kensington Gardens, to appear on a radio show being broadcast from there. After the interview, I lingered, wandering around the national stands, savoring the Nigerian hip-hop that blared from the speakers. I stood in line to receive an inscription -- carefully traced out on paper by a cheerful, elderly man wielding a quill pen -- of my name in English and Arabic.

Human to Hero: Oscar Pistoriusupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 05:44:00

South Africa's "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius talks to CNN about his life and plans for the London 2012 Olympics.

Nigerian troops kill 20 suspected militantsupdated: Sun Aug 12 2012 19:22:00

Security forces killed 20 suspected members of the militant Islamic group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, an army captain said.

Can Ghana's economy prosper against the odds? updated: Fri Aug 10 2012 12:12:00

The sudden death of Ghana's president, John Atta Mills, on July 24 did not come as a rude surprise. Most Ghanaians already knew his health was failing; he was losing his eyesight and voice.

Ghana in mourning after president diesupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 12:12:00

Ghana president John Evans Atta Mills dies at age 68, and his successor is sworn in. CNN's Vlad Duthiers reports.

19 killed in attack on Nigerian churchupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 10:07:00

Gunmen attacked a church in the central Nigerian state of Kogi, killing at least 19 people, a military official said Tuesday.

Gunmen kidnap foreigners in Nigeria; kill two sailorsupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 11:31:00

Gunmen attacked a barge belonging to an oil service company near the coast of Nigeria on Saturday, killing two sailors and taking four foreigners hostage.

Nigeria's first Olympic canoeist bids for London gloryupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 09:38:00

Fifty-three determined men and women will sport Nigeria's green and white colors during the London Games -- the second-biggest Olympic team hailing from Sub-Saharan Africa -- carrying the nation's hopes for the first gold medal in 16 years.

President of Ghana dies, official saysupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 13:58:00

The president of the West African nation of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills, has died, his chief of staff said in a statement Tuesday.

Heavy rains kill 21 in Nigeriaupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 14:50:00

Heavy rains in central Nigeria triggered a flood that washed away houses and killed at least 21 people, government officials said Monday.

In Nigeria, dozens of bodies recovered after fireupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 09:26:00

At least 95 bodies were recovered after a fire that followed a gasoline tanker spill Thursday in Nigeria, government officials said.

Nigerian author wins Caine Prize with 'darkly humorous' prose updated: Thu Jul 05 2012 10:37:00

Nigeria's Rotimi Babatunde has won the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Bombay's Republic.

'Netflix of Africa' brings Nollywood to worldupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 10:29:00

When Jason Njoku graduated from his UK-based university in 2005, he was filled with high hopes of entrepreneurial success.

The evolution of African cinemaupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 10:29:00

New York African Film Festival founder Mahen Bonetti looks at the evolution of filmmakers in Africa.

U.S. couple detained in Ghana while trying to adopt 4 children updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 22:09:00

Ghanaian authorities detained an American couple on suspicion of trying to adopt four children illegally in the African nation, U.S. officials said.

Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nigeria church bombingsupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 08:04:00

A militant Islamist group claimed responsibility Monday for bombings the day before that the Nigerian Red Cross said left 50 people at three Christian churches in Nigeria.

5 dead in Nigeria blast, 3 in clashesupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 08:04:00

Three people died in clashes with police in Jos, hours after a car bomb killed five people during services at a church.

At least 50 dead in three Nigeria church bombings, reprisal attacksupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 20:32:00

Three church bombings and retaliatory attacks in northern Nigeria killed at least 50 people Sunday and injured more than 130 others, the Nigerian Red Cross Society said.

Nigeria crash victim's husband sues Boeing, pilot's estateupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 18:23:00

A Nigerian man whose wife was among 153 people killed Sunday when a MD-83 aircraft crashed in Lagos, Nigeria, has filed suit against the manufacturer of the plane and its engines, and against the estate of the American who was piloting the aircraft.

Search ends for victims of Nigeria plane crash updated: Wed Jun 06 2012 06:56:00

The search for bodies of those killed in a plane crash in Nigeria's major city of Lagos has ended, authorities said Wednesday.

2 sisters from Texas, family from Connecticut perish in Nigeria crashupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 15:55:00

Josephine and Jennifer Onita were returning from the wedding of a close friend in Nigeria.

Airline's license suspended in Nigeria crash; data recorder foundupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 14:42:00

Nigerian aviation authorities suspended Dana Air's operating license Tuesday as torrential rain hampered recovery efforts after a deadly weekend plane crash.

Lagos residents tell of chaotic sceneupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 14:42:00

Lagos residents recount the moment the plane crashed with 153 people on board. CNN's Vladimir Duthiers reports.

How do you know your airline is safe?updated: Mon Jun 04 2012 17:23:00

Beyond a vague familiarity with the world's major airlines, most travelers know little about the hundreds of carriers transporting passengers across the globe. Sunday's deadly air crash in Nigeria raises questions about the safety of international airlines. So how do passengers find safety information?

'No survivors' in Nigerian plane crashupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 17:23:00

None of the 153 people on a Nigerian airplane survived the crash into a Lagos neighborhood. Vladimir Duthiers reports.

Official: 153 on plane, at least 10 on ground dead after Nigeria crashupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 21:15:00

The search for bodies and, hopefully, survivors in Nigeria's most populated city continued through the night and into Monday, hours after an airliner crashed killing all 153 passengers and crew on board and at least 10 people on the ground.

Church blasts kill 15, wound dozens in Nigeriaupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 09:54:00

Two church bombings in northern Nigeria killed at least 15 people and wounded 38 others Sunday morning, the Red Cross said.

Officials: 10 killed after plane slams into bus in Ghana updated: Sat Jun 02 2012 18:49:00

Ten people were killed Saturday after a cargo plane crashed through a fence surrounding an airport in Accra, Ghana, and slammed into a bus, municipal and national officials said.

Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 yearsupdated: Wed May 30 2012 08:38:00

Vladimir Duthiers is in Sierra Leone with reaction to Charles Taylor's sentence.

Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years for war crimesupdated: Wed May 30 2012 08:38:00

The first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday by an international court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Jailed for stealing $250 millionupdated: Wed May 09 2012 08:04:00

James Ibori, the former Governor of Nigeria's oil region, pleaded guilty to stealing $250 million over eight years

How corrupt Nigerian politician was brought to justice in the UKupdated: Wed May 09 2012 08:04:00

The arrest of a Nigerian politician who deposited millions of dollars of stolen money in UK accounts has raised questions about the role of British banks in corruption.

Prosecutor recommends 80 years for Charles Taylorupdated: Thu May 03 2012 17:20:00

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor should receive an 80-year sentence for his conviction for aiding and abetting war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leone's civil war, the chief prosecutor in the international court case recommended Thursday.

Official: Dozens killed, injured in Nigeria cattle market attackupdated: Thu May 03 2012 11:10:00

Thirty-four people were killed and 30 wounded in an attack on a cattle market in Nigeria's northern Yobe state, a government official briefed on the investigation said Thursday.

11 dead in suicide attack in Nigeriaupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 14:52:00

A suicide attack on Monday in northeastern Nigeria killed 11 people and wounded another 26, a spokesman for the Nigerian Red Cross in Abuja told CNN.

The alleged crimes of Charles Taylorupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 06:29:00

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor on trial for war crimes. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.

Witness: Gunmen attack Nigeria university campusupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 12:50:00

Gunmen attacked Christians worshipping on a Nigerian university campus on Sunday, with witnesses reporting multiple explosions and gunfire.

Bombs target newspapers in Nigeriaupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 06:58:00

A managing director of a newspaper targeted in Nigeria believes Boko Haram is responsible. CNN's Vlad Duthiers reports.

Charles Taylor guilty of aiding rebelsupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 05:24:00

An international war crimes court finds ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor guilty of aiding militias in Sierra Leone.

Charles Taylor verdict 'momentous'updated: Thu Apr 26 2012 11:48:00

CNN's David McKenzie explains the significance of the Charles Taylor verdict for those in and outside Africa.

Taylor verdict: Why peace must accompany justiceupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 11:48:00

Millions of people will breathe a sigh of relief that Charles Taylor has finally been held to account for the years of violence, misery and suffering that he brought to the people of West Africa.

Rise of the 'repats': Africans shun crisis-hit West for jobs back homeupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 08:22:00

For decades, many African countries saw some of their most skilful young people take their talents to other parts of the world, lured by the financial prospects outside the continent.

Africans leaving Europe for jobsupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 08:22:00

Nkepile Mabuse reports from Nigeria where "repats"are leaving cash-strapped Europe to return to Africa for work.

Senegal drawn against Britain in Olympic footballupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 13:38:00

Senegal's reward for qualifying for their first Olympic men's football competition is an opening match against hosts Britain, who could include former England captain David Beckham in their team.

Senegal in Olympics for first time after beating Oman in playoffupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 04:36:00

Senegal claimed the 16th and final place in the Olympic men's soccer tournament after a 2-0 win over Oman in Monday's playoff in England.

25 killed in Easter Sunday bombing in northern Nigeriaupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 08:42:00

Dead bodies littered a road in northern Nigeria on Sunday after a massive explosion that an official said killed 25 people and a witness said shattered windows of a nearby church where worshipers were celebrating Easter.

Religious tension in Nigeriaupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 08:42:00

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports on how Muslim efforts to impose Sharia law on Nigeria are causing conflict.

Nigerian min. wants to lead World Bankupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 21:11:00

CNN's Richard Quest talks to Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about her bid to lead the World Bank.

Nigerian World Bank hopeful promises changeupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 21:11:00

The Nigerian contender to head the World Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said Wednesday she is ready to lead from day one and would make it a nimbler, more responsive organization.

Senegal's president concedes defeat in runoff electionupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 22:14:00

Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade called rival Macky Sall to concede Sunday's runoff election, which Sall hailed as a "victory of the Senegalese people," state media reported.

Failed hostage rescue under reviewupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 09:36:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir reports on a failed Nigeria hostage rescue and families looking for answers from their governments.

Jonathan: Nigeria takes share of blame for failed hostage rescueupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 09:36:00

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday he takes some of the responsibility for a failed hostage rescue attempt in which an Italian and a British man died.

Senegal's wrestling boomupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 07:47:00

With high unemployment in Senegal, many young boys idolise successful wrestling stars.

Fighting talk: Why wrestling is booming in Senegalupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 07:47:00

In most of Africa, football reigns supreme among sports, but in Senegal wrestling challenges it for popularity. It provides entertainment and exercise, and offers young men dreams of fame and fortune.

Reports: Italian hostage shot four times during failed rescueupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 16:39:00

An Italian who was killed during a failed hostage rescue attempt in Nigeria was shot four times, a doctor told reporters.

Nigerian church hit by suicide attackupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 14:54:00

A suicide car bomber targets worshippers at a Catholic church in the central Nigerian city of Jos.

Six dead in car bomb attack at Nigeria churchupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 14:54:00

Tensions ran high in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday in the aftermath of an explosion outside a Catholic church that left six people dead, according to hospital and government officials.

Local journalists brave danger to cover Nigeria's Boko Haram militantsupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 05:46:00

A group of local journalists in northern Nigeria has become the most crucial communication link between the militant Islamist terror group Boko Haram and the rest of the world.

Who are Boko Haram?updated: Sun Mar 11 2012 05:46:00

Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram have killed more than 100 people in the past week, but what are their aims?

Britain cites 'imminent danger' in failed rescue in Nigeriaupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 20:51:00

In a meeting Friday with his Italian counterpart, British Foreign Secretary William Hague sought to explain why Rome had not been consulted before a failed rescue attempt that resulted in the deaths Thursday in Nigeria of two hostages -- an Italian and a Briton.

Abducted Briton, Italian killed as rescue attempt launchedupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 01:33:00

The suspected killers of Italian and British hostages who had been held in Nigeria have been arrested, an adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday in a statement, according to the government-run Nigerian Television Authority.

Girls at risk: Starting a revolution for teenage mothers updated: Thu Mar 08 2012 09:28:00

Sierra Leone and Liberia have some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with 15-24 year olds accounting for 40% of such deaths) and two years ago, agencies IPPF and FORWARD listened to hundreds of African voices talking about sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Beat goes on for Senegal's octogenarian master drummerupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 05:39:00

Jazz, soul and a blend of rock and roll combine to make Senegalese music sound quite familiar, while the sound of the sabar, a traditional Senegalese drum, keeps the music true to its West African roots. I'm listening to the mbalax style of music for my latest "Inside Africa" assignment: to experience the special sounds of Senegal.

Meeting Coumba Gawloupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 05:39:00

Senegalese singer Coumba Gawlo prepares to take to the stage in Dakar.

Justices debate corporate responsibility for human rights abusesupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 14:44:00

Human rights groups met a somewhat skeptical Supreme Court on Tuesday as they presented arguments on whether foreign victims of torture and other crimes against humanity can sue corporations and other organizations in U.S. federal courts.

Protesters, police clash in Senegalupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 21:21:00

As Senegalese elections approach, clashes continue between police and protesters. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.

Polls close in Senegal's presidential electionupdated: Sun Feb 26 2012 18:17:00

Polls closed Sunday in Senegal where citizens voted in an election overshadowed by violence as protesters demand the elderly president refrain from seeking another term.

Latest attack on Nigerian church kills 4updated: Sun Feb 26 2012 12:17:00

Fear and anxiety gripped churchgoers in Nigeria on Sunday after four people were killed in the latest church attack.

Senegal elections: A stable democracy at stakeupdated: Sun Feb 26 2012 07:08:00

Senegal's octogenarian incumbent president is seeking a third term Sunday, a bid that has sparked deadly protests and threatened the nation's reputation as one of the most stable democracies in Africa.

Introducing Bino and Fino, Africa's answer to Dora the Explorerupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 07:31:00

Move over Disney -- a Nigerian animator has produced an educational cartoon to teach youngsters about African culture.

Reminders of the slave tradeupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 05:15:00

Errol Barnett visits a former slave house on Goree Island, Senegal for a poignant reminder of the West Africa's past.

Senegal's scenic island exposes horrors of slave tradeupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 05:15:00

A short ferry ride away from Dakar, lies the quiet and picturesque Goree Island. Three kilometers off the coast, the Senegalese island is tiny and easily accessible by foot.

Violence rocks Senegalupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 07:21:00

A Senegal court election ruling sparked outbreaks of rioting in Dakar. CNN's Erroll Barnett explains why.

Protesters and police clash as Senegal election nearsupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 07:21:00

Clashes erupted between police and protesters in Senegal Sunday, a week before the country's presidential elections.

Clashes continue in Senegal ahead of electionsupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 22:02:00

Police and anti-government protesters in Senegal clashed for a second straight day Saturday, just over a week before the country is set to vote in presidential elections, state media reported.

Police, protesters clash as Senegal vote nearsupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 01:47:00

Senegalese police clashed Friday night with protesters, firing tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them from downtown Dakar, where protests have been banned. The unrest was part of the opposition against the candidacy of President Abdoulaye Wade ahead of February 26 elections.

Police capture dozens of inmates freed by gunmen in Nigeria updated: Fri Feb 17 2012 05:32:00

Police captured 25 inmates freed when gunmen stormed a prison in central Nigeria, spraying bullets and emptying cells in a brazen evening attack, officials said Friday.

Inmates freed in Nigeria jailbreakupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 13:38:00

About 25 gunmen attacked a prison in Nigeria's central Kogi state and freed a number of inmates, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Folorunsho Alakija: Shaped by her rootsupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 06:40:00

Nigerian billionaire Folorunsho Alakija talks about her upbringing and how those early days shaped her future.

Nigerian billionaire takes on cause of 'mistreated widows' updated: Thu Feb 16 2012 06:40:00

From shaking up Nigeria's fashion scene to striking it rich in the oil business, Nigerian billionaire Folorunso Alakija has tasted success in all walks of life.

A taste of Senegalupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 10:35:00

Errol Barnett cooks up a traditional Senegalese feast with a little help from a local chef.

Bombing suspect arrested again in Nigeriaupdated: Sat Feb 11 2012 00:27:00

Nigerian authorities say they have arrested a terror attack suspect who recently escaped police custody under suspicious circumstances.

Who are Nigeria's Boko Haram?updated: Sat Feb 11 2012 00:27:00

CNN's Max Foster talks to Northwestern University professor Richard Joseph about the escalating violence in Nigeria.

Favorites advance in Africa Cupupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 07:04:00

CNN's Alex Thomas talks to journalist Kwaku Ofosu-Asare about Africa Cup of Nations favorites Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Source: Nigeria police arrest militant group's spokesmanupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 06:30:00

The spokesman for Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has been captured after a months-long surveillance operation, a spokesman for Nigerian police said Wednesday.

Anger mounts in Senegal as election nears; at least 1 killed updated: Wed Feb 01 2012 06:49:00

Senegal remained tense Wednesday following days of violent protests over a court decision that allows the incumbent president to run for a third term.

Opposition group calls for protests over Senegal election rulingupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 21:21:00

Senegal's opposition June 23rd Movement is calling for a mass rally in Dakar on Tuesday to protest a ruling allowing President Abdoulaye Wade to run for a third term as well as to demand the release of dozens of government critics arrested in the wake of weekend rioting that followed the decision.

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's embattled president updated: Mon Jan 30 2012 09:17:00

He is the son of a canoe-carver, a mild-mannered academic who wears a fedora but eschews the flowing robes and bombastic brashness that often characterize Africa's "Big Man" leaders.

Senegalese court spurns appeal, rules president can seek re-electionupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 09:12:00

A Senegalese court late Sunday upheld an earlier ruling that the West Africa nation's president could seek another term -- despite questions about whether such a run was constitutional -- official media reported.

Nigeria on edge as Islamist group extends campaign of violence updated: Mon Jan 30 2012 08:50:00

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has suddenly shifted his attitude toward the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, as violence spreads across northern Nigeria.

Nigerian police battle new attacksupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 08:50:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir reports on Boko Haram militant threats and attacks on police and civilians in Nigeria.

Militants hit police station in Nigeria's northupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 08:32:00

Militants launched a fresh attack Monday in Nigeria's second largest city, Kano, which is already reeling from a series of bombings and shootings that killed more than 200 people earlier this month.

Libya go out of Africa Cup of Nations despite beating Senegalupdated: Sun Jan 29 2012 16:19:00

Libya went out of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations despite a 2-1 win over Senegal in their final Group A match at Estadio de Bata Sunday.

Police canvass Senegal's capital after clashes over presidential voteupdated: Sun Jan 29 2012 06:53:00

Truckloads of riot police canvassed Senegal's capital on Saturday, a day after violent clashes erupted after authorities ruled that the African nation's president could run for a third term -- and a popular musician could not run against him.

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